Washington (CNN) – Commanders at Fort Richardson, Alaska are investigating two soldiers who were involved in a highly publicized altercation with a reporter at an event for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, a base spokesman said.
The soldiers were working as part of Joe Miller's security team when they handcuffed a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch who was trying to ask the candidate questions.
The two security members, it turns out, are active duty soldiers based at Fort Richardson, according to Sgt. Maj. Derrick Crawford.
A spokesman at the base confirms that the two soldiers were working for a company that was hired by the Republican candidate for security purposes.
It is not against Army rules for the soldiers to take outside work, but the spokesman said they must have written permission from their commander and their work must not jeopardize their unit's readiness, good order or discipline.
It is unclear, as of Tuesday, whether both soldiers had the written permission from their current unit commander.
The Army is also investigating whether the soldiers violated rules forbidding involvement in political campaigns. Fort Richardson investigators are trying to determine if the fact that the soldiers worked for a third party who was hired by Miller's campaign shielded them from a violation of those rules.